Civil Rights: Then and Now

Combating Poverty: Then and Now


  • AMERICA AFTER CHARLESTON: Students Face Systemic Inequalities

    Explore how systemic inequalities affect students in this video from AMERICA AFTER CHARLESTON. Researchers Shaun Harper and Margaret Simms discuss how disparities in school funding and in rates of suspension, incarceration, and high school and college graduation correlate to race, and lead to a cascading set of inequalities in employment and economic well-being, and can impact subsequent generations.

    Warning: The beginning of the video includes footage of Walter Scott being shot in the back by a police officer.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Jobs | The March @ 50 - Episode 1

    The 1963 March was billed as a march for “Jobs and Freedom.” With the help of Algernon Austin from the Economic Policy Institute, and a trip to Detroit, MI, a city celebrating the 50th anniversary of its own civil rights march, Shukree Tilghman examines the current state of jobs for African Americans in the US.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Roads to Memphis: They Didn't Treat Us As A Man

    The call of striking sanitation workers for humane working conditions and fair pay drew Martin Luther King to Memphis, Tennessee. Video from, American Experience: "Roads to Memphis."

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Roads to Memphis: Dr. King Launches the Poor People's Campaign

    In 1968, Martin Luther King launched the Poor People's Campaign to bring people together across racial lines to fight systemic poverty. Video from, American Experience: "Roads to Memphis."

    Grades: 6-13+
  • LBJ and the Great Society

    Through newsreel footage, archival photos, and interviews, this video segment adapted from American Experience surveys the array of civil rights and social welfare legislation that President Lyndon Johnson championed in pursuit of what he characterized as the "Great Society." Johnson's success in enacting reforms in the areas of civil rights, voting rights, education, health care, and housing were quickly met by budgetary constraints, including those imposed by increased spending on the Vietnam War, and significant public skepticism that compromised the effectiveness of many of the new programs. This resource is part of the American Experience Collection.

    Grades: 9-12
  • 1964: "LBJ's War on Poverty"

    Explore how President’s Johnson’s “war on poverty” initiative sought not just to alleviate poverty but end it, in this video from American Experience: “1964.” Johnson, recognizing that race and poverty were linked, proposed a vast legislative agenda that would attack the root causes of poverty and provide opportunity for all. He also hoped that it would help secure his reputation as a great president. This resource is part of the American Experience Collection.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Campaigns for Economic Freedom

    This lesson explores how racial discrimination affected the economic outlook for African Americans in the twentieth century. It examines segregated conditions in stores and businesses, common discriminatory hiring practices, and some of the grassroots campaigns developed in response to discrimination.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Bayard Rustin: A Freedom Budget, Part 2

    In a speech delivered on November 17, 1967 at Harvard University, civil rights leader Bayard Rustin outlined the "Freedom Budget for All Americans." In this audio recording, Rustin proposes an increase in federal spending for education, job training, and health care, and a guaranteed income plan. The Freedom Budget was designed to end poverty in America by 1975.

    Grades: 9-12

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